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World Scientists Tackle Food Insecurity - Nourishing the Planet

World Scientists Tackle Food Insecurity - Nourishing the Planet | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

In their report, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change proposes specific policy responses to the global challenge of feeding a world confronted by climate change, population growth, poverty, food price spikes, and degraded ecosystems.

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Rice Sellers's comment, September 12, 2012 3:22 AM
Great Article! Sadly the global climate has worsened for farmers globally over the past few years and this has drastically affected the growth of crops which is in turn affecting the price of Food in the Exchange markets, increasing it regardless of the global financial meltdown.. I hope governments are paying attention and working out Plan B's and C's.

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http://www.whitericesellers.com
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Advice for India's rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Advice for India's rice-wheat farmers: Put aside the plow and save straw to fight pollution | Thomson Reuters Foundation | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

In this article, CIMMYT scientists explain the benefits of "zero tillage" for farming and the environment in India. One of the quoted experts is M. L. Jat, a senior agronomist at CIMMYT, who leads CIMMYT’s contributions to Climate-Smart Villages in South Asia, as part of CCAFS.

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Bénin. La culture du riz en pleine révolution | Le Telegramme

De nouvelles techniques de culture du riz mises en oeuvre au Bénin permettent d'augmenter sensiblement les rendements. Cette initiative baptisée « Smart Valleys » vise à réduire la dépendanc
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What Climate-Smart Villages Can Teach the World | World Food Programme USA

What Climate-Smart Villages Can Teach the World | World Food Programme USA | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

On the sidelines of the United Nations COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco, the World Food Programme (WFP) USA requested the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to share its experiences about the Climate-Smart Village (CSV) approach. In an interview, Dr Robert Zougmoré, the Program Leader for the CCAFS West Africa region explained how the CSV approach offers a platform for rural communities to be aware and adopt climate-mart technologies and practices that could simultaneously increase agricultural productivity and livelihood income, improve their adaptive capacity to climate change while also mitigating its effects wherever possible.

 

In order to strengthen the resilience of the inhabitants of Daga Birame village in the Kaffrine region of Senegal, the CSV was established. Farmers in the Sahel region of Senegal are given modern technology in agriculture combined with traditional practices to cope with recurrent climatic and weather challenges.

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As temperatures soar, Zimbabwe's farmers test maize that can cope | Thomson Reuters Foundation

As temperatures soar, Zimbabwe's farmers test maize that can cope | Thomson Reuters Foundation | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is working in Zimbabwe to help smallholder maize farmers by making hybrid maize seeds drought- and heat-torelant.

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Morocco Launches Initiative for African Agriculture to Adapt to Climate Change | Morocco World News

Morocco Launches Initiative for African Agriculture to Adapt to Climate Change | Morocco World News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Pan-African meeting on sidelines of COP22 determines priority areas for investment in adaptation in African agriculture to help deliver future food security, resilience, and economic development.

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African nations have the will to adapt agriculture to climate change | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Article by Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive director of the CGIAR System Organization, highlighting the importance of African agriculture at COP22 and the lack of progress on agriculture in the negotiations.

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Moroccan Vault Protects Seeds From Climate Change and War | The New York Times

Moroccan Vault Protects Seeds From Climate Change and War | The New York Times | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

ICARDA hosts the largest seed collection in Rabat, Morocco, where they preserve and develop staples to become more climate resilient. The scientists work with farmers to test the seeds to improve its durability and production yield. This year's climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, offers a unique opportunity to address the impact of climate change on African agriculture, says Bruce Campbell, Director of CCAFS.

 

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Zimbabwean Scientists Unveil Maize Seeds Resistant to Heat, Drought | VOA

Zimbabwean Scientists Unveil Maize Seeds Resistant to Heat, Drought | VOA | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

CIMMYT, in collaboration with CCAFS, developed new heat- and drought-tolerant maize varieties that could increase food security in Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa.

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How Agriculture Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions | The Wall Street Journal

How Agriculture Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions | The Wall Street Journal | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The article features a paper written by CCAFS and partners about possible ways to reduce emissions from agriculture to meet the 2 degree Celsius target.

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What would happen if the world suddenly went vegetarian? | BBC

What would happen if the world suddenly went vegetarian? | BBC | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Researchers at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) looked at what might be the environmental and economic consequences if the world went vegetarian.

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Philippines publishes new climate change guidebook for journalists | Earth Journalism Network

Philippines publishes new climate change guidebook for journalists | Earth Journalism Network | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new publication titled "KLIMA 101: A Climate Change Guidebook for Philippine Journalists" has been released to help journalists, editors, teachers and trainers to understand the science behind climate change better. The publication provides data and information that would aid in climate change reporting, and tips on how to influence policy and generate public debate and action. With support from CCAFS Southeast Asia, the book was written through the collective effort of scientists, communicators and jounalists, building on the lessons from a series of media workshops conducted across the region and in the Philippines.

 

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Indian Farmers Battle With Climate Smart Agriculture | VOA News

Indian Farmers Battle With Climate Smart Agriculture | VOA News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

In several Indian states, farmers are adopting new agricultural practices to protect their crops from the ravages wrought by climate change. Anjana Pasricha visited a village in the northern Haryana state to see how climate smart practices are helping farmers cope with erratic weather patterns, such as excessive or deficient rain, rising temperatures and untimely cold spells.

 
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Dhundi farmers receive first payment for their 'solar crop' | Times of India

IWMI and CCAFS are supporting India's first solar cooperative in Dhundi, India. Here, farmers have installed 56.4 kWp of solar capacity which they use for irrigation as well as for selling surplus power to the Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited.

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"Smart Valleys", les rizières "intelligentes" des paysans béninois | Panafricain.com

"Smart Valleys", les rizières "intelligentes" des paysans béninois | Panafricain.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
la nouvelle adresse de l'Afrique sur le net, Actualité africaine par les africains, Televisions africaines en direct sur internet
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"Smart Valleys", les rizières intelligentes des paysans béninois | ParisMatch

"Smart Valleys", les rizières intelligentes des paysans béninois | ParisMatch | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Un nouveau dispositif permet à des producteurs de riz béninois d’augmenter considérablement leurs rendements. Il vise à arrêter l’import de cett
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A super-nerdy insurance plan could save poor countries from damage caused by climate change | Quartz

A super-nerdy insurance plan could save poor countries from damage caused by climate change | Quartz | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

This article features CCAFS work on index insurance and quotes Dan Osgood, scientist at IRI/CCAFS:

“For many farmers, climate change means more bad years. Adaptation means you have to be producing more in your adequate years. You have to get more out of your good years.”

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What does Africa need to tackle climate change? | AlJazeera

What does Africa need to tackle climate change? | AlJazeera | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Aly Abou-Sabaa, Director General of ICARDA, shares his thoughts on how investment can safeguard African agriculture in the face of climate change.

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Climate Change, A Goat Farmer’s Gain | Inter Press Service

Climate Change, A Goat Farmer’s Gain | Inter Press Service | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

This article mentions the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) initiative that aims to transform and adapt African agriculture to climate change. Bruce Campbell, Director of CCAFS, is quoted in the article saying that "[a]lmost all African countries have included agriculture in their climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), highlighting the grave risk that climate change poses both to food security and economic growth on the continent."

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Drought-hit Zimbabwe farmers look to science to save crops | Yahoo News

Drought-hit Zimbabwe farmers look to science to save crops | Yahoo News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is working in Zimbabwe to help smallholder maize farmers by making hybrid maize seeds drought- and heat-tolerant.

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Vietnam Rice Industry Faces Threat From Climate Change, Mekong Dams | VOA

Vietnam Rice Industry Faces Threat From Climate Change, Mekong Dams | VOA | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

CCAFS scientists are working with their Vietnamese colleagues to find solution to the challenges climate change poses.

 

Leo Sebastian, CCAFS Regional Program Leader in Southeast Asia says that "Vietnam’s strategy is to raise farm incomes and boost rice quality by creating a distinctive Vietnamese rice brand."

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Climate change puts agriculture on the hot seat | BusinessMirror

Climate change puts agriculture on the hot seat | BusinessMirror | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Thoughts from supporters and critics of climate-smart agriculture, including Leo Sebastian, CCAFS Southeast Asia program leader.

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Women have greater say in agricultural decisions: study | The Navhind Times

In India, a recent study examined the gender dimensions of a climate-smart agriculture technology called a drum seeder. Transplanted rice requires more labor, resources, and contributes more to greenhouse gases compared to direct-seeded rice (DSR) method using a drum seeder. Research from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examined the willingness of both men and women to adopt this new technology. Their findings indicated gender played an important role in explaining variation in willingness to use a seed drummer. Since men had more power in determining how household money was spent, their primarily concern lay in increasing income. Women, however, contributed a large portion of labor to the household, making their primary concern in labor-saving innovations.

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Climate-smart farms yield bigger profit | Inquirer Business

In the Philippines, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices such as crop diversification and use of climate-resilient crops have been improving livelihoods and incomes among farmers in Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) in Guinayangan, Quezon. This CSA project is being led by the International Instittute of Rural Reconstruction with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Southeast Asia. Similar initiatives are being tested and implemented in CSVs in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  
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Scaling up climate-smart agriculture solutions for Southern African farmers | Bizcommunity

Scaling up climate-smart agriculture solutions for Southern African farmers | Bizcommunity | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

On 14 September, representatives from CTA, SACAU, CIMMYT and other partners gathers for an inception meeting of a new project that aims to promote information and access to specific climate solutions for cereals and livestock farmers.

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Dieses Dorf in Kenia trotzt der Dürre | ZDFmediathek 

ZDF, a German TV broadcast visited the Nyando Climate-Smart Villages in Kenya. Watch their 3-minute video coverage (in German).

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